Ruling to Let Prosecutors Use Scientology Files Seized in Raid - 1978-12-22
The 9th Circuit Count of Appeals in California has ruled that federal prosecutors here may use materials seized in a 1977 FBI raid on Church of Scientology headquarters in Los Angeles in the criminal trial of 11 church members accused of conspiring to steal from the government.
The prosecutors had sought the ruling to clarify an Oct. 30 9th Circuit opinion that left some doubt whether the documents could be used only before grand juries, or at trials as well. because the appellate court said that the documents could not be made public.
Lawyers for the church argued that the documents would obviously become public when the criminal trial is held here, probably early next year.